Maryland Overdose Statistics from the 2016 Maryland Drug and Alcohol Overdose Report for 2016:
- Eighty-nine percent of all intoxication deaths that occurred in Maryland in 2016 were opioid-related. Opioid-related deaths include deaths related to heroin, prescription opioids, and nonpharmaceutical fentanyl.
- The number of opioid-related deaths increased by 70% between 2015 and 2016, and has nearly quadrupled since 2010. Non opioid-related drug deaths have also been increasing, but at a slower rate.
- Large increases in the number of heroin and fentanyl-related deaths were largely responsible for the overall rise in opioid-related deaths. Between 2015 and 2016 the number of heroin-related deaths increased by 62% (from 748 to 1212), and the number of fentanyl-related deaths more than tripled (from 340 to 1119). The number of prescription-opioid related deaths increased by 19% (from 351 to 418); many of these deaths occurred in combination with heroin and/or fentanyl.
- The number of heroin-related deaths in Maryland increased five-fold between 2010 and 2016. Heroin deaths have increased among all age groups, Whites and African Americans, men and women, and in all regions of the State.
- Fifty-eight percent of heroin-related deaths in 2016 occurred in combination with fentanyl, 26% in combination with alcohol, 22% in combination with cocaine, and 13% in combination with prescription opioids.
- The number of prescription opioid-related deaths has been rising since 2012, in large part as a result of the use of these drugs in combination with heroin and/or fentanyl. The number of prescription opioid-related deaths has been rising most quickly among the 55+ year age group, and falling steadily among individuals below the age of 25. Deaths have been increasing among Whites, African Americans, men, and women.
- Fentanyl-related deaths have been increasing rapidly since 2013. There were an average of 29 deaths per year between 2007 and 2012; the number of deaths increased 38-fold since that time.
- Fentanyl-related deaths have increased substantially among all age groups, among Whites and African Americans, among both men and women, and in all regions of the State.
- Sixty-three percent of fentanyl-related deaths in 2016 occurred in combination with heroin, 26% in combination with alcohol, and 23% in combination with cocaine.
If you or someone close to you needs help for a substance use disorder, talk to your doctor or call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.